If UFC Combat Island 2 was a Hollywood motion picture, Joseph Benavidez would’ve gotten his hand lifted. He was -3 in UFC title fights and rematching Deiveson Figueiredo who experienced knocked him out just months previously. The two were fighting again for the vacant flyweight title, where Benavidez realized this was his ultimate title shot.
Getting into the combat, the greater part of UFC fighters have been rooting for Benavidez. Yet, the 35-year-previous came up quick when yet again dropping by submission. He was dropped a few moments and fended off a great number of submission tries. But, eventually, the Brazilian locked in a choke and Benavidez refused to faucet and went out cold.
Subsequent the function, Benavidez spoke to the media wherever he was heartbroken and fighting back tears being aware of he will go down as just one of the ideal fighters to in no way win a UFC title.
“My purpose in this activity is to be the very best, be the winner,” Benavidez explained right after the combat. “I understood final struggle was my final title attempt. It wasn’t ‘cause of circumstances but this 1 unquestionably was. I was not preventing in this sport from the commencing for any other cause than to be the greatest. I’ve been near, I’ve been fortunate. I’ve been in that best-two, a few for 11 years at two pounds lessons. It’s been a ridiculous journey. It’s been awesome.
“I’m not going out like that. Nothing’s guaranteed in this sport for confident. But I’m not going to get yet another title shot and I never want to go out on that. I just want to go out with another combat,” he ongoing. “After that, there’s nothing at all else for me to do. I’m not going to conquer 10 guys once again. I know that was my very last title shot. But, like I just mentioned, I really do not want to go out on that.”
Though Joseph Benavidez will not have a UFC belt at home, he even now goes down as one of the greatest fighters at any time. And, regardless of no matter whether or not he won a title when he decides to simply call it a career, he is a surefire Corridor of Famer.
Glimpse down Benavidez’s report and you will be astonished. He was the very last human being to beat Henry Cejudo ahead of he went on a legendary operate, and he’s crushed the who’s who of the flyweight and bantamweight divisions. In WEC, his only two losses have been to Dominick Cruz, which include just one currently being by break up for the belt. He also had wins above the likes of Eddie Wineland, Miguel Torres, and Rani Yahya in the promotion.
When Benavidez turned a member of the UFC next WEC remaining bought, he dropped down to his normal bodyweight course of flyweight. There, he went to the finals of the flyweight tournament exactly where he endured a split choice loss to Demetrious Johnson. Just like WEC, he was one spherical on one particular judge’s scorecard away from getting to be the champ.
Even even though he lost his possibility at UFC gold, Benavidez then went on a run of his own beating major contenders like Ian McCall and Jussier Formiga prior to he was knocked out by “Mighty Mouse,” who some take into consideration the finest fighter of all-time. Right after heading -2 in UFC title fights, Benavidez then went 9-1, beating knee operation, and conquer top-rated opponents in Cejudo, Tim Elliott, Alex Perez, John Moraga, and Ali Bagautinov.
Then, when Johnson lastly got dethroned by Cejudo, somebody who Benavidez defeat, he under no circumstances bought the shot at the belt. As a substitute, “Triple C” went for superfights and then moved up to bantamweight. Once that took place, the veteran satisfied Figueiredo for the title who appears to be a monster.
In the long run, it is no question disappointing for Joseph Benavidez who will in no way turn into a UFC champion, but he was the next-finest fighter in his weight class for 10 additionally yrs and it is tricky to deny that. Belts or not, when he decides to hang up the gloves for very good, Benavidez will be a first-ballot Corridor of Famer and goes down as a person of the most effective flyweights of all-time.